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HindustanTimes Tue,30 Sep 2014

Ex-militant flouts parole norms

Pawan Sharma, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 25, 2013
First Published: 19:18 IST(25/12/2013) | Last Updated: 20:04 IST(25/12/2013)

No sooner than Gurmeet Singh walked out of Burail jail here on a 28-day parole on Wednesday, the convicted ex-militant undergoing life sentence for his role in the 1995 assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh breached the parole conditions with impunity.

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Instead of going to his house in Guru Nanak Nagar area of Patiala district, he first visited the venue of the fast-unto-death of another former militant, Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, at Gurdwara Amb Sahib in SAS Nagar and stayed there for more than 90 minutes.

The warrant of temporary release says that Gurmeet will "proceed directly to Patiala" after being released from the jail on parole and that he will not "leave the territorial jurisdiction of Patiala city" during his parole, except while coming back to jail after the completion of parole period.

Lal Singh, an ex-militant who was released on 42-day parole on Friday from the Nabha jail, had also flouted the parole norms when he registered his presence at the hunger strike venue on Friday and Saturday soon after his temporary release.

As per the parole orders, Gurmeet will not visit any place specified in the release warrant "without obtaining the prior permission" of the district magistrate.

The inspector general (IG), prisons, Chandigarh, has also directed the Patiala senior superintendent of police (SSP) to keep a strict watch on Gurmeet and ensure that there is no danger to the security of the nation due to the release of the convict on parole and that the ex-militant doesn't indulge in anti-national, terrorist or illegal activities.

The ex-militant has been directed to mark his presence before the station house officer, Sadar police station, Patiala, twice a week.

"The Punjab Police must keep a close watch and surveillance on him, as per law, to ensure that he doesn't abscond after the completion of the parole period and violate any parole conditions," reads the release warrant.

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